Chelsea Flower show TV coverage-full details

The BBC is producing 11 hours of Chelsea Flower Show coverage across both BBC1 lunchtime, evening and BBC2 evening - starting with a preview programme on BBC1 on 22nd May.

Preparations for Chelsea Flower are well underway - image: HW
Preparations for Chelsea Flower are well underway - image: HW

Alan Titchmarsh and Joe Swift will lead the evening coverage of the shows on BBC1 and BBC2; Nicki Chapman and Andy Sturgeon will anchor the lunchtime output on BBC1.

Also in the presenting team will be Carol Klein, Chris Beardshaw, Toby Buckland, Rachel de Thame and Christine Walkden.

Coverage includes:


  • Previews of all the big show gardens this year including all the potential gold medal winners.
  • Full round up of the medal winners during Tuesday’s coverage both in the afternoon and evening.
  • Round up of the exhibitors in the Great Pavilion including new plant launches and first time exhinitors.
  • An exclusive visit to the stunning Principality of Monaco to show viewers how designer Sarah Eberle took inspiration from the country’s landscape and gardening traditions.
  • A visit to Bodmin Moor with the designer Thomas Hoblyn to see how memories of his childhood holidays have inspired his garden this year.
  • A profile of the nursery man who has helped to re-introduce the ill fated British Elm back into the English landscape after the ravages of Dutch Elm.
  • Designer Diarmuid Gavin invites us to follow him during the building of his fantasy show garden – complete with hydraulic viewing platform.
  • Latter day Plant Hunter Tom Hart Dyke, owner of the amazing World Garden – built at his home in Lullingstone Castle joins the presenting team on Friday to share his often dangerous forays into the South American jungle to collect rare species for his garden.
  • Designer Laurence Llewellyn Bowen joins the team on Wednesday May 25th as a bumper 90 minute evening show traces the influence of the Arts and Crafts Movement on gardening today.
  • Writer and broadcaster John Humphrys shares the secrets of his London shade garden
  • Chef Nigel Slater visits Chelsea to find new edible plants for his kitchen garden.
  • We’ll be talking to the architect and plantsman (Laurie Chetwood and Patrick Collins) who have created the tallest vegetable garden ever seen at Chelsea.
  • Friday will be take Home Chelsea as the lunchtime show offers tips on planting and growing that viewers can translate into their own back gardens.
  • Coverage of all the Chelsea contests including Florist of the Year, Plant of the Year and Product of the Year.

22/05, 18:15, BBC ONE - Preview Show

Monday 23rd

12:30pm BBC One

19:30 BBC One

20:00 BBC TWO

Tuesday 24th

12:30 BBC ONE

20:00 BBC TWO

Wednesday 25th

12:30 BBC ONE

19:30 BBC TWO

Thursday 26th

12:30 BBC ONE

20:00 BBC TWO


Friday 27th

12:30 BBC ONE

20:00 BBC TWO

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